Head coach Augie Garrido and Texas Longhorns baseball are closing in on another incredible run in the Big 12 Tournament, as the 'Horns stayed alive on Saturday afternoon courtesy of a walk-off home run by third baseman Kody Clemens to provide the decisive margin in a 2-1 victory over the TCU Horned Frogs in Oklahoma City.
Walk it off Horns! @Texas_Baseball's Kody Clemens drops the hammer to force another game this afternoon! #Big12BSB https://t.co/X68kColps2— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) May 28, 2016
It was the first walk-off win for Texas since May 21 last year at the Big 12 Tournament that featured a similar incredible run to earn a postseason berth.
Clemens was the hero in the game, as a diving stop earlier saved a run to afford the late opportunity for the win.
Kody Clemens diving stop pic.twitter.com/S7OEKVL0mA— Travis Recek -TWCN (@TravisRecek) May 28, 2016
Texas had more opportunities, out-hitting TCU 10-6, but squandered a big chance in the eight inning when a leadoff double by Bret Boswell didn't lead to a run. On the day, the 'Horns were only 2-of-9 with runners in scoring position.
However, another Boswell double earlier in the game resulted in a fifth-inning run when Clemens advanced him to third and second baseman Jake McKenzie singled up the middle for other Texas run to respond to a first-inning run by TCU.
Chase Shugart picked up the win by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning in relief of Travis Duke (2.0 innings, three strikeouts) and Connor Mayes (6.0 innings, six strikeouts).
TCU and Texas will face off again at 4:30 p.m. CT on FOX College Sports to earn a chance to play West Virginia on Sunday for the Big 12 title.